Materials Science and Engineering News

Like a hall of mirrors, nanostructures trap photons inside ultrathin solar cells

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In the quest to reduce solar energy costs, Stanford engineers survey how researchers are trying to get more bang per buck inside the silicon crystals where light meets matter to make energy.

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Stanford engineers make flexible carbon nanotube circuits more reliable and efficient

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Researchers invent a process to 'dope' carbon filaments with an additive to improve their electronic performance, paving the way for digital devices that bend.

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New ‘pomegranate-inspired’ design solves problems for lithium-ion batteries

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Clustering silicon nanoparticles overcomes several remaining obstacles to using silicon for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries, researchers say.

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President Obama selects two Stanford engineers for early career award

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sigrid Close, an assistant professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Jennifer Dionne, an assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

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Letter from the Dean

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Stanford engineers have always tackled the biggest challenges, and the past academic year was no exception.

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Stanford Engineering Year in Review

Monday, December 16, 2013

Stanford engineers are driven to change the world, and 2013 was no exception. Stanford Engineering faculty and students blazed new trails in energy, nanotechnology, bioengineering, education and many other fields.

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Study to assess how heat and moisture will affect the lifespan of utility-scale photovoltaic arrays

Monday, November 25, 2013

Three-year, $1.165 million award to Professor Reinhold Dauskardt is part of the Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to make solar fully competitive with traditional energy sources by 2020.

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Stanford Engineering Hero William J. Perry looks ahead to North American energy independence and back at a career In national defense

Friday, November 22, 2013

A professor emeritus of Management Science and Engineering, Perry has advised presidents, served as Secretary of Defense and dismantled nuclear weapons

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Stanford study could lead to paradigm shift in organic solar cell research

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A new study by Stanford scientists overturns a widely held explanation for how organic photovoltaics turn sunlight into electricity.

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Stanford and SLAC scientists invent self-healing battery electrode

Friday, November 15, 2013

A team of Stanford and SLAC scientists has made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices.

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Stanford faculty awarded $2.2 million for innovative energy research

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Stanford's Precourt Institute, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center have awarded 11 seed grants to Stanford faculty for early-stage energy research.

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IBM/SLAC team controls switching behavior of promising electronic material

Monday, October 21, 2013

Research could aid development of more energy-efficient electronic devices.

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Stanford engineers develop fuel cell that can deliver record power-per-square inch at record-low temperatures

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bumpy redesign of solid oxide membrane offers more surface area for reaction and leads to better performance.

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Stanford students' solar-powered car places fourth in international race across the Australian outback

Friday, October 11, 2013

Luminos, the solar car built by Stanford students, crossed the Australian outback in five days, finishing fourth overall in the World Solar Challenge. Stanford was the first American team to the finish line and notched the team's best result in decades.

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Stanford scientists use 'wired microbes' to generate electricity from sewage

Monday, September 16, 2013

Interdisciplinary team creates 'microbial battery' driven by naturally occurring bacteria that evolved to produce electricity as they digest organic material.

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Stanford nanotechnology experts share ideas with California teachers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thirteen middle school teachers came to Stanford to learn about nanotechnology and to develop hands-on activities to use in their classrooms.

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Materials Scientist Wins Young Scientist Award

Friday, June 28, 2013

William Chueh is honored by the International Society of Solid-State Ionics for his pioneering use of X-ray spectroscopy to improve electrochemical reactions central to batteries, fuel cells and water splitting membranes.

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Stanford scientists create novel silicon electrodes that improve lithium-ion battery performance

Monday, June 3, 2013

Stanford scientists have developed inexpensive silicon-based electrodes that dramatically improve the charge storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries.

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New Stanford Nanoscavengers Could Usher In Next Generation Water Purification

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New synthetic nanoparticle could disinfect, depollute, and desalinate contaminated water and then get removed magnetically.

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Stanford Engineers' New Metamaterial Doubles Up on Invisibility

Monday, May 6, 2013

The new material's artificial "atoms" are designed to work with a broad range of light frequencies. With adjustments, the researchers believe it could lead to perfect microscope lenses or invisibility cloaks.

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Dill and Bienenstock Elected Members of American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Friday, April 26, 2013

Two faculty members at the School of Engineering join one of the country's oldest and most prestigious honorary learned societies.

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New Battery Design Could Help Solar and Wind Energy Power the Grid

Friday, April 26, 2013

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid.

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Materials Scientists Make Solar Energy Chip 100 Times More Efficient

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Scientists working at the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) have improved an innovative solar-energy device to be about 100 times more efficient than its previous design in converting the sun's light and heat into electricity.

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Stanford Researcher Sheds New Light on the Mysteries of Spider Silk

Monday, February 4, 2013

Researcher and team are the first to measure all of the elastic properties of an intact spider's web, drawing a remarkable picture of the behavior of one of nature’s most intriguing structures. The work could lead to new “bio-inspired” materials that improve upon nature.

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Big Challenges, Big Ideas: Stanford Engineering Year in Review

Monday, January 7, 2013

Letter from the Dean of Stanford Engineering.

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